You may have heard of the synthetic marijuana known as K2. This is a designer drug that contains slightly different substances than regular marijuana and had previously been sold in convenience stores or online. Last year the federal Drug Enforcement Agency added the active ingredients in K2 and similar product to the list of illegal drugs.

New Jersey police have indicated that they are taking a zero tolerance approach to those who sell or possess the substance. Local police in were true to their word this weekend when they arrested two young adult for possession of K2.

According to a local news report, two 19-year-old women were in a car when it was stopped for speeding. The women were subsequently arrested for possession of the illegal substance as well as drug paraphernalia.

Unfortunately the article does not provide any details concerning how the officer apparently ascertained that both of the women possessed the drug. In a criminal trial, the legality of searches pursuant to this type of stop is often a significant issue. If the search is found to have been illegal, the court may not allow any evidence obtained from the improper search to be used against the defendants.

As the initial popularity of the synthetic marijuana seemed to be largely a function of the fact that it could be purchased legally, it will be interesting to see if the popularity of the substance continues to remain substantial now that it is also on the list of illegal drugs.

Source: Asbury Park Press “Cops: 2 teens charged with possession of K2 marijuana,” Margaret F. Bonafide, Sept. 25, 2011